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D-RNAi (Messenger RNA-antisense DNA Interference) as a Novel Defense System Against Cancer and Viral Infections.

Author(s): Shi-Lung Lin, Shao-Yao Ying.

Abstract:

D-RNAi (Messenger RNA-antisense DNA interference), a novel posttranscriptional phenomenon of silencing gene expression by transfection of mRNA-aDNA hybrids, was originally observed in the effects of bcl-2 on phorbol ester-induced apoptosis in human prostate cancer LNCaP cells. This phenomenon was also demonstrated in chicken embryos and a human CD4+ T cell line, H9. The in vivo transduction of β-catenin DRNAi was shown to knock out more than 99% endogenous β-catenin gene expression, while the in cell transfection of HIV-1 D-RNAi homolog rejected viral gene replication completely. D-RNAi was found to have long-term gene knockout effects resulting from a posttranscriptional gene silencing mechanism that may involve the homologous recombination between intracellular mRNA and the mRNA components of a D-RNAi construct. These findings provide a potential intracellular defense system against cancer and viral infections.

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Article Details

VOLUME: 1
ISSUE: 3
Year: 2001
Page: [241 - 247]
Pages: 7
DOI: 10.2174/1568009013334151
Price: $58